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Monday, 29 June 2015

Fyberspates Vivacious Kids pattern book review and giveaway!

Anybody who knits will know how many patterns are available to knitters, whether as paper copies at yarn shops, downloads through blogs like mine or on websites like Ravelry.  Most of these patterns are single copies which is usually fine as that's often all you want to knit - but if there's one thing that I do like, it's a a pattern collection.

I've got a few books of patterns - Kaffe Fasset (one of my earliest aquisitions), Debbie Bliss and Alice Starmore amongst others and what I love about them most is the photography.  I love to see people wearing the designs and looking as if they're wearing them properly, not just posing for the camera.

So when I was asked if I would like to review the new Fyberspates Vivacious yarn collection, Vivacious Kids, I was delighted to see that all of the jumpers, hats, socks and mittens are being worn by children who are doing anything but just posing.



There are seven patterns in the book, suitable for both boys and girls from age 2 to 10 - a hoody cardigan, a cabled sweater, a stripy dress, two hats mittens and socks - all knitted in the gorgeous Fyberspates Vivacious DK and 4ply colours. 


Who wouldn't want to knit this dress for their tiny tot?  I'd have loved to have knitted this for my girls!


I think what I like most about these patterns is that they are designed for children to wear whilst going outside to do what children do best - playing!  Ella Austin's sweater, cardigan and dress are comfortably styled so that they will not restrict activity, and Rachel Coopey's hats, mitts and socks are practical designs which won't get pulled off at the first opportunity (not that socks would hopefully be pulled off anyway unless playing indoors, but small daughter doesn't believe in keeping hats or mitts on any longer than strictly necessary even in freezing temperatures!).   


I've already been working out how to enlarge these socks for my bigger feet!


As well as the patterns, there are useful sections on sizing, techniques such as grafting, blocking and finishing, and advice on general care.


I love this cheeky smile!


I would be happy to make any of these patterns for my daughters.  Sadly, big daughter is too big for the sizes now but small daughter has still been known to hang over fences and climb trees, and as I spend a lot of time shouting "Where's your coat?" into thin air as she hurtles outside, it would be good to know that she's wrapped up warm in cosy yarn even if she hasn't got a coat on!


The collection comes in both print and PDF format for those who prefer to download their patterns.  The download is easy to manage through Ravelry, and sits happily in your library until you choose to download it to your computer.  The book version is printed on high quality, glossy paper which really shows up the beautiful colours of the yarn, and purchasing the book also entitles you to a PDF download if you want one.

I'm very pleased that Jeni at Fyberspates has kindly given me a PDF copy of the patterns to give away - they're so lovely it would be a shame not to share!  You can view all of the patterns here on the Vivacious Kids Ravelry page.  All you need to do to win is leave a comment saying which pattern you would knit and why, along with your Ravelry name so that the ebook can be sent to you, and I'll pick the winner next Monday 6 July at 8.00pm (BST) using the random.org generator so that it's completely fair.  Only one entry per person.

For anybody who can't wait that long to see if they've won, Fyberspates are offering 25% off any single pattern or the ebook with the code WinwickMumVivacious until the end of the day on Monday 6 July (BST).  Vivacious KIDS is available in print from your local Fyberspates retailer 
for rrp £10.50/$22.00 and you can also purchase an eBook through Ravelry for $16.00.  If you buy a pattern and win the giveaway, Fyberspates will reimburse the cost for you.  Don't forget that you will need to click on "add coupon code" in the Ravelry shopping basket before you pay through PayPal.

Do let me know if you make any of the patterns - I'd love to know how they turn out!



Thanks to Fyberspates for sending me the book and the PDF to review!



31 comments:

  1. I would knit the hoody for my son who keeps reminding me a promised to knit him a sweater! Rav amchart

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  2. I'm jessicasmummy on Ravelry, and I would knit the hooded sweatshirt (and the cable jumper) for my 3 year old daughter.

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  3. I'm Bo4tgirl on Ravelry and since taking part in your sockalong I'm addicted to making socks, so I would make some delicious socks for my two granddaughters who love Nanny's socks and would very much like some of their own!

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  4. I'd like to knit the Margery Daw Socks. I'm on my second pair of socks & absolutely love knitting socks. I'm Rellimo on Ravelry.

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  5. Cheryl2361, and I would make the Swashbuckle Hoodie for my grandsons.

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  6. I love Swashbuckle Hoodie!
    asteride on Ravelry

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  7. I love the hats and have several little ones I could do them for boys and girls xx

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  8. My twin boys could use Swashbuckling hoodies!

    tktl on Ravelry

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  9. Those socks would be super cute on my kiddos! All of the patterns look fun!

    ~BrownChicken

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  10. I haven't knitted for my kids for ages.... maybe this would be an opportunity to start again. I love Fyberspates yarn and have used it a few times. x

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  11. I'm lingfing on Ravelry and I'd knit the socks for my two young granddaughters.

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  12. I love the Snip-snap-snorum sweater. It looks so cozy and easy to wear.

    Rav ID: SaraMCrafts

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  13. I would knit the swashbuckle hoody for my little boy. We are moving back to the UK from NZ, so I guess he will be needing some warm wooly clothes! MY Ravelry name is claire05

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  14. I would make hat and sock sets.
    sherryglover1 on Ravelry

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  15. I would make - well everything really! My little daughter is like yours and will not keep a coat on, so encasing her in wool is the way to go. She has just outgrown her past winters cardigans and hats and gloves, so knitting these would be fun for us both. I am nicmag45 on ravelry. Nicola

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  16. I would start with that beautiful hoodie, but they're all so practical and wearable, I think I'd end up knitting all of them!
    I am k1teach2 on Ravelry.
    Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

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  17. I would make the hoodie sweaters for my two great nephews are they are always in need of good sweaters as well as the hats of course because no one can have too many hats and they are great for charity knits. I am Sandee8908 on ravelry. Sandee

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  18. Christina I would love to win this. You make things seem so easy and I love you for starting this. Wonderful group. TY

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  19. I'd start with the Margery Daw socks. I love Rachel Coopey patterns. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

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  20. It's always a joy to knit for the young ones. All the patterns are lovely but what really caught my eye was the cute little dress. Thanks for the great review and giveaway.

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  21. This was easy. The Ring-A-Ring dress by Ella Austin jumped off the screen and into my heart. My tiny granddaughter starts preschool this fall and can you imagine a better back-to-school (or starting-school) dress? Cozy, but with a touch of whimsy.

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  22. The Ring-a-ring dress -- it has the same personality as my niece.

    -isabeautiful on rav

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  23. I'd start with the Tickety-boo mittens because I could use up some scrap yarn and every kid I know needs mittens.

    NicoleS on Ravelry

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  24. The swashbuckler hoody is a favorite. Gender neutral and with raglan sleeves, easy to fit if the recipient isn't available for trying on purposes, as in a grandchild.
    I am steelwool on ravelry.

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  25. I love the swashbuckle hoodie! It looks awesome. :-)

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  26. I would have to say the socks because my kids never put there socks on but i think if i knit them a nice cosy pair they would love them and wear them lol
    Raverly name is codemonkey77
    Thank you so much for the chance to win <3 blessed be

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  27. I want to make the Ring-a-ding dress for my daughter who LOVES dresses ... and pink; although I might make it in different colors just for a change! (asimplehomestd on Rav0

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  28. I'm looking forward to making lots of things for my new grandson

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  29. It's hard to pick just one, but I would love to make the Ring-a-ring dress. My Ravelry name is RubraBaronissa.

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  30. As mum of the cheeky smiled child I'd like to tell you she's well chuffed with your comments. Jeni got some lovely photos for the book :)

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    1. Kath, I absolutely loved the photos in the book - they all look as if they've had great fun and it shines through in every photo. Definitely my favourite sort of pictures! xx

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